We wanted to update everyone on Glen’s condition this morning. He remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Wyoming Medical Center. In case you were unaware, he collapsed yesterday afternoon at the Fair Grounds. The emergency responders had to shock him twice to get his heart to beat in an effective rhythm. Last evening, he did briefly spontaneously open his eyes. They kept him sedated throughout the night as he remained on the ventilator and required support to maintain his blood pressure.
This morning, a heart specialist, kidney specialist and brain specialist consulted with the intensive care physician. The heart specialist believes he likely suffered a severe cardiac arrhythmia, which caused his collapse. It does not appear that he had a heart attack pese as there are minimal signs of heart muscle damage. They will be doing more tests today to determine how his heart is functioning. He remains on intravenous medication to help prevent heart arrhythmias. He does have pneumonia, they are unsure of the cause though they are treating with antibiotics. He remains on the ventilator. The kidney specialist feels that his kidneys were damaged from lack of oxygen associated with his collapse – this is expected and usually self-limiting although he may need short-term dialysis. Our biggest concern is his current lack of response to any stimuli. They turned off his sedation and the brain specialist performed a neurological exam but he did not respond to any stimulation. This is certainly worrisome and he will be tested daily, have an EEG tomorrow and, perhaps, a MRI on Friday. We know his brain was without oxygen for a time, so this is not completely unexpected. We just have to wait to find out if his brain tissue will recover. We will know more on Friday or Saturday.
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Thank you all so much.